Southeastern International Film Festival Announces 2019 Conference

Press Release (ePRNews.com) - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nov 05, 2019 - ​​Southeastern International Film Festival & Music Conference (Nov. 8-10, 2019) will be held in downtown Nashville at the Cambria Hotel. It is the seventh edition of the annual festival, which celebrates the convergence of art, film, and music while giving back to the community by providing a distribution channel for independent film and music.   

This event recognizes international and American independent cinema, celebrating filmmakers and their talents and allowing attendees to interact with all the artists through discussions, innovative events, and parties. Awards will be presented for each category, as well as a SIFF’s Grand Jury prize for recognition of exceptional work in film. Over 100 judges from around the world who specialize in all areas of creative development determine the annual program. The festival waives submission fees for 10 days each year to include filmmakers who may not be able to afford entry, like artists from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. 

“A unique component of this the festival is that we accepted blanket waivers at the beginning of the submission process for anyone, so it was fair for artists of all circumstances. We found film professionals from disenfranchised countries had the opportunity to enter. We are grateful that quality works were not excluded for the lack of opportunity. This is a critical moment in history. It’s more necessary than ever to support independent voices,” said Ava Leigh Stewart, festival founder. “We are proud to promote and host filmmakers that might not otherwise have the chance for audiences to see their work.” The festival had submissions from 34 countries, 66% male and 36% female.  

“The encore screenings highlight many veteran film professionals, as well as new ones. The films’ stories deliver fresh commentary and thought-provoking concepts,” Stewart said. “We are incorporating live performance from several films to heighten the experience. This engages the imagination and brings audiences together in an unforgettable way.” This year’s encore screening on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. will be “Haven’s End” by Director Chris Ethridge, which stars Catherine Tabor from Star Wars and Megan Hayes from Hunger Games. They will all be in attendance, hosting a Q&A after the screening. 

Three will be over 30 artists performing a series of over 15 live performances on Friday and Saturday night at The Valentine. Headline acts include country breakout star Matt Williams and Atlanta band The TwoTakes. A festival after-party will follow the completion of the performances on both nights with music by renowned DJs. Musical Director Daniel Collins said, “I’m thrilled to have such a talented group of musicians perform at the seventh annual festival. Their performances and talent capture the essence of our weekend-long event.”

On Sunday, we have a Songwriting Showcase at 2 p.m. featuring Connor of Southern Gothic, Daniel Collins, and more. At 4 p.m., we will screen award-winning Director Stacey Black’s documentary film “Send My Mail to Nashville.” An acoustic performance by Lydia Manuel Smith, a musician from the film, will follow. We will also screen the award-winning film “When All That’s Left is Love” at 4 p.m. Award-winning Director Eric Gordon will be in attendance to answer questions after the film. The movie is an emotionally gripping story, shot over six years, of a wife’s determination to care for her Alzheimer’s-stricken husband. “I am compelled by the range of storytelling in this year’s selections. The 2019 program will engage and challenge audiences,” said Stewart. 

Independent filmmakers founded the Southeastern International Film Festival in an effort to create a distribution channel for smaller towns. The organization is dedicated to fostering connections between filmmaking professionals across the globe and helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia, SIFF is best known for its conferences and festivals that are shown in smaller towns all over the Southeast. The event features a variety of networking opportunities, proving that the most unexpected discoveries happen when a diverse group of people is brought together. Don’t miss #SIFF2019 from Nov. 8-10, 2019. For more information or to purchase passes, please visit ​southeasternfilm.com​.

For media inquiries, please contact SIFF’s press contact Mashon Fine at southeasternfilm@gmail.com.

Source : Southeastern International Film & Music Festival
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